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is studying medicine to become a dermatologist worth it, in the UK?
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Is it worth studying medicine to become a dermatologist in the UK?
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Is becoming a Dermatologist what you want to become?
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Not quite sure what you are asking. You can’t be a dermatologist without studying medicine so if that is what you want to be you will need to study medicine then do FYI /2 jobs the medical/ dermatology specialist training
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Studying Medicine is the only way to becoming a dermatologist... so yeah, it is worth it
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is studying medicine to become a dermatologist worth it, in the UK?
To be a dermatologist you have to be interested in being a doctor first and foremost - which means medical school, the foundation programme and two years of internal medicine training, during which time you'll probably have very little (if any) exposure to dermatology. Dermatologists rely a lot on history and examination skills and need to have a good overall knowledge of medicine-in-general, since so many different diseases and conditions can have skin manifestations. Gaining this knowledge and experience means spending a lot of time learning about things which aren't necessarily directly related to dermatology.

As medical specialties go, dermatology has undoubtedly got a very good rep for lifestyle, private earning potential, job satisfaction etc. But when you're slogging through medical school or the foundation programme, some statistics on earnings or doctors' job satisfaction by specialty aren't going to mean much if you realise you've basically chosen the wrong career.

It would be better to think about medicine and doctoring as a whole, rather than focusing on specialties tbh. Have you done any work experience?
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This is really helpful, thank you.

I am interested in studying medicine so maybe you're right, I should first focus on the course itself before focusing on the field, as I am a mature student trying to get into medical school which would be quite hard.
Plus my mind may change throughout medical school.

I have had work experience in clinics but not in a dermatology clinic. Looking to get some work experience in dermatology to help me understand the field better.
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This is really helpful, thank you.

I am interested in studying medicine so maybe you're right, I should first focus on the course itself before focusing on the field, as I am a mature student trying to get into medical school which would be quite hard.
Plus my mind may change throughout medical school.

I have had work experience in clinics but not in a dermatology clinic. Looking to get some work experience in dermatology to help me understand the field better.
I didn't mean dermatology clinic experience specifically, I meant experience of shadowing doctors and seeing what it's like to work in a hospital or GP practice

You'll have plenty of time at medical school to arrange a dermatology elective if that's what you're interested in. Like I say, until you actually get into dermatology specialty training, the vast majority of your time as a medical student and doctor will be spent NOT in dermatology, so it's important to make sure you like the job as a whole.
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